A birthday drive-by for Bob Mansfield, 86, a Navy veteran who has long supported the Reno Elks Lodge, Reno Rodeo Association and Reno Fire Department. Reno Gazette Journal
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Nevada to receive nearly $89M for testing
The federal government announced on Tuesday that it’s giving Nevada nearly $89 million to increase its COVID-19 testing capacity and contact tracing.
The funding, coming from the Department of Health and Human Services, will provide the state with additional capacity to “develop, purchase, administer, process, and analyze COVID-19 tests, conduct surveillance, trace contacts, and related activities,” according to a release from HHS.
In exchange for the funds, Gov. Steve Sisolak will be required to submit a plan to HHS detailing COVID-19 test goals and needs.
That plan will include:
- Number of tests needed, month-by-month to include diagnostic, serological, and other tests, as appropriate
- Month-by-month estimates of laboratory and testing capacity, including related to workforce, equipment and supplies, and available tests
- Description of how the resources will be used for testing, including easing any COVID-19 community mitigation policies
Number of cases in Nevada rises to 7,046
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nevada crested 7,000 on Tuesday, increasing to 7,046 total cases.
That’s an increase of 140 cases over what was previously reported on Monday, according to new numbers posted to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard.
The number of total deaths in the state has not yet been updated, and remains at 365.
The state also reported it performed 6,609 tests on Monday, a new record high number of tests for Nevada in a single day. With 140 positive cases out of those 6,609 tests, that makes for a growth rate of about 2 percent.
The statewide number of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized also crept downward, according to the dashboard.
Nevada’s positivity rate also decreased, moving further below the World Health Organization’s benchmark for the maximum recommended positivity rate before reopening.
Carson City man dies due to COVID-19
Carson City Health and Human Services on Monday reported a third death due to COVID-19 in the Quad-County region.
The individual was a Carson City man in his 80s. It is unknown if he had underlying conditions.
CCHHS also reported one new positive case and eight additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the region. This brings the total number of cases to 145, with 100 recoveries and three deaths. A total of 42 cases remain active.
The new case is a Lyon County man in his 70s.
Two Quad-County residents are hospitalized for the virus.
Sisolak names new state COVID-19 Response Director
Caleb Cage was named the COVID-19 Response Director for Nevada.
The announcement from Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office says that the new and expanded role will “propel the State of Nevada forward.”
Cage was previously the state’s head of the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and most recently was working as a vice chancellor for workforce development over the state’s public college system.
In the new role, Cage will coordinate the response to COVID-19 through the end of the year.
Cage was an artillery officer in the United States Army, serving in Germany and Iraq. He has been an adviser for previous governors and lead the Nevada Office of Veterans Services.
A group of protesters gathered at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City in favor of reopening Nevada’s economy on May 16, 2020. Reno Gazette Journal
Washoe death toll rises to 48
One more person has died due to COVID-19 in Washoe County, marking the county’s 48th coronavirus-related death.
This person was a woman in her 90s with underlying health conditions, according to a release from the Washoe County Regional Information Center.
The county also said it has 10 new cases of COVID-19 and an additional 15 people have recovered.
There are a total of 1,266 cases of coronavirus in the county.
Currently 67 percent of short-term acute-care hospital beds are occupied, 42 percent of ICU beds are occupied and 25 percent of ventilators are in use.
Nevada reports 49 new cases
The number of Nevadan’s who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 increased to 6,906 on Monday, an increase of 49 new positive cases.
That rise is comparatively low to what the state has seen for nearly two months. The last time Nevada saw a lower single-day increase was March 24, when there were 43 new cases, according to a Reno Gazette Journal analysis of the numbers.
But Monday’s small increase is not necessarily a good sign. While few people tested positive statewide, Nevada performed its smallest number of tests in several weeks — just 1,140.
That figure is eclipsed by the 6,500 tests performed the day before.
With 49 positive residents out of a total of 1,140 tested, Nevada’s test positivity rate slipped backwards for the first time since May 2. That metric, which measures the proportion of people who test positive on a given day, increased from 8.5 percent to 8.6 percent.
The total number of Nevadan’s who’ve died from COVID-19 has not yet been updated on Monday and remains at 350.
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